Jamie Davies passes, Amgen Tour of California coming through Napa

by TrevR on February 13, 2008

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Well, it’s been one of those days, weeks really, where we’ve had very little time to write. That said, here’s a quick round-up of Napa-related news items that have recently caught our eye.

RIP Jamie Davies
SchramsbergThe Napa Register has word today of the passing of Jamie Davies. Dubbed “the grande dame of American sparkling wine” for her work with her late husband Jack to create the Schramsberg brand and put American sparkling wine on the map, Davies was 73 years old and had been battling Parkinson’s disease. Here’s an excerpt from the Register article that sheds some light on her life:

Jamie and Jack Davies abandoned the corporate world of Southern California in the mid-1960s, seeking a simpler lifestyle. They took a big risk in purchasing an abandoned 220-acre forested estate on Calistoga’s Diamond Mountain with the idea of producing the country’s “most prestigious” sparkling wine.

They succeeded in spades. Their initial bottling, a 1965 Blanc de Blancs, was the first commercial use of chardonnay in a sparkling wine. Similar feats occurred with Blanc de Noirs and Reserve wines, and their innovative spirit earned the Davies’ recognition throughout the world. Their efforts also earned the respect of renowned Champagne houses where they were welcomed on numerous visits. In 1972, the 1969 Blanc de Blancs was served at the “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, over which President Richard Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai presided. Schramsberg wines have been served at state functions by every subsequent administration in the White House.

Go here for the full article.

Amgen Tour of California to go thru Napa on 2/19
Driving up and down the valley this week we’ve noticed multiple signs alerting folks to expect traffic delays due to a bike race on February 19th. Turns out it’s the 2nd stage of the Amgen Tour of California, which runs from Santa Rosa to Sacramento, hitting the Napa Valley on the way. The stage starts at 10am, so expect traffic to be a bit dodgy for the bulk of the late morning/mid-day.

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